• The exhibition at Maropeng

    See how our our ancestors developed over the past few million years.

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  • Conferencing at Maropeng

    Our state-of-the-art conference centre is perfect for a getaway conference close to the city.

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  • Maropeng Hotel

    The Maropeng Hotel is the epitome of luxury accommodation in the Cradle of Humankind. 

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  • School visits

    You will never forget your school trip to the Maropeng Visitor Centre and the Sterkfontein Caves.

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Welcome home!

Welcome to Maropeng (the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind) and the Sterkfontein Caves. Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is an easy drive of about an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Our ancestors have lived in this area for more than 3-million years. By coming here, you are coming to the birthplace of humanity. Welcome home!



Join us for a six-course food and wine pairing this month, with award-winning wines from the Waterford Estate.

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Whether you’re after a crash course on science and evolution, a luxury getaway or a birthday party with a difference, Maropeng has you covered in March. Here’s what you can… Read more

Maropeng bade a sad farewell today to a well-loved figure who has been at the helm of the iconic site’s educational efforts over the past eight years. Magel van de… Read more

27 February

Walking human history

He’s two years into a seven-year, 48 000km journey to walk the evolutionary journey of humans out of Africa. Meet Paul Salopek, an extraordinary journalist.

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